Spotlight on Camden Scholars

Adalberto Rosado ’15

  • Adalberto RosadoMoorestown Friends School, Class of 2015
  • Princeton University, Class of 2019

Adalberto Rosado arrived in ninth grade from Camden Promise Charter School. His older brother had already enrolled at a Catholic high school in Philadelphia, and Adalberto had originally planned to follow in his footsteps. However, after attending an MFS Camden Scholars information session at Rowan University, Adalberto decided to learn more about Moorestown Friends School and go through the application process.

“I spent a day at MFS, and I noticed that everyone was connected,” he said. “There was no separation by grade, and everyone talked to each other. I found that interesting.”

Weeks later, he received a personal phone call from then-Camden Scholars Director Tina Corsey, offering him the prestigious scholarship. It’s a moment he’ll never forget.

Looking back as a recent MFS graduate, he felt that he made an impact on the school in many ways. He served for two years in a row as Co-Clerk of Diversity Committee, a division of student government that facilitates discussions of diversity issues in the Upper School.

He found himself consumed with academic work and extracurricular activities, the majority of which surrounded social activism. In addition to his leadership position on Diversity Committee, Adalberto was a member of Gender Equality Forum, Martin Luther King Club, and PRIDE Club.

“We helped facilitate discussions about diversity issues. But we didn’t just talk about things, we actually did things,” he said.

For example, Diversity Committee put together an assembly for Middle School students.

“We used the metaphor of an iceberg,” said Adalberto. “You only see 10 percent of an iceberg. In the same way, you can’t really identify a person by what you see. There is much more to a person.”

Upper School Diversity Committee members led the interactive assembly for students in Grades 5-8, encouraging them to think about aspects of diversity that are not readily detected by the eye: personal traits such as political views, life perspectives, and belief systems.

In the classroom, Adalberto remembered enjoying a full-year elective course in Psychology. “I learned not just about the brain, but about myself,” he said.

English class was also a favorite, especially the writing process. “Writing has always been the way to express myself the best. I always take the opportunity to write seriously. No matter what the assignment is, there is always value in writing, not just for entertainment but to improve.”

Looking back, Adalberto appreciates the variety of instruction he found at MFS, and the quality and compassion of his teachers. “Teachers always found new ways of doing things to make learning fun,” he said. “They take on more of a personal role at MFS. They really care about students’ struggles, and they are understanding.”

After graduating from MFS, Adalberto enrolled at Princeton University, as a member of the Princeton Class of 2019.